Well it’s that time of year again. A time of reflection on this year and a look to 2021. What a year 2020 was! I sincerely hope that all of you have managed the best you could throughout this stressful time.
Reflecting Back on 2020
Last year, I wrote down quite a few goals for 2020. The one I’m most excited about is reaching my goal for birth clients! I am so thankful I supported so many pregnant people this year. My Birth Doula and Lactation Counselor certifications were up for expiration over the summer and I had wanted to get my CE’s in person at conferences, but I was not able to do that. So instead, I attended the GOLD Lactation conference online and I was able to recertify for both. I was really impressed with the presenters they had and plan to attend the GOLD Midwifery conference next year. I also was able to donate money to organizations that help decolonize the birth industry.
Like everyone else, Corona Virus had a big impact on both my personal and business life. I had several clients booked when the shut down began. I met with my April client once in person prenatally, then switched to zoom meetings and text messaging. When they went into labor, I was not able to be there due to hospital protocol and instead supported them over text and phone calls, and some video chatting. Doulas were allowed back in in June and I am hopeful things will stay that way. For now I am conducting interviews on zoom but meeting in person prenatally, while mask wearing. I find that in person support is invaluable because I can intuit my clients needs much better that way.
New HudMama Practices
I went back to basics this year and really thought about what HudMama was founded on. My practice is based on empowering people to have a positive birth journey and I am humble enough to say I was missing a huge piece in my support. That is helping people uncover their fears BEFORE heading into labor. I went back to my roots, reread Birthing From Within and started taking a holistic approach to my prenatal meetings. Holistic meaning I not only provide my clients with evidenced based research but also helping them dive into their inner psyche to address any fears or mental roadblocks. Being prepared emotionally for any possible event always leads to better outcomes. I also started extending my availability to six weeks postpartum. In today’s crazy world I want to make sure my clients have access to the resources they may need that come up after the baby is born. I also found it gives both me and my clients closure on their birth story. Lastly, I added photography as an added service. Doula support will always be my primary focus but I am happy to provide images of my clients’ birth story, if wanted.
Heading into 2021
A lot of my goals heading into the next year are financial and I am excited to announce that I will be taking up to two clients a month. My family is in a position that I feel comfortable doing so and I have been wanting to support as many people as I could since I started this business in 2016. I also plan to work on my photography skills to provide my clients with quality images. My biggest goal is to take the first steps into becoming a Certified Professional Midwife. My experiences as a doula continues to lead me to this path. I know it will be a long journey but that is my ultimate goal when it comes to my birth work and I am ready to begin. Until then, I plan to continue working and improving my skills as a doula.